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PK-8
Public charter
Frederick, CO
Students enrolled: 390

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4040 Coriolis Way
Frederick, CO 80530

(303) 774-9555
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August 13, 2014
Our child has attended CVA for 1 year and is returning this year. I worked as a teacher for 3 years at another highly rated Colorado charter school, and the curriculum at CVA is as good as it gets. While I cannot speak to the politics that are brought up in other reviews, I can say that politics seems to make it's way into every charter school. Teacher turn-over is (unfortunately) high at most charter schools because the school districts simply do not like charter schools and do very little to help them succeed. The one thing that is very discouraging to me as I read the negative reviews is - parents will come here to complain, but they must realize that charter schools live or die through parental involvement and volunteers. To those who have complained - have you put the hours into building this school into something great? Do you donate money to keep these great teachers around? Maybe you have and maybe you haven't. My point is this: criticism comes cheap and it doesn't mean anything if you aren't willing to do anything. Charter education is a privilege that many states do not enjoy. We live in a state with a great charter legacy - let's work to keep it that way.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
This is a school that does not have leadership giving the school a clear identity. My students have been at this school, next year they will be starting a new school. State testing scores have been falling and I don't see administration and the executive director riding the wave and leading teachers through the storm. Instead I witness teachers being put into different grades or positions with the turn of each new year, number of classes within a grade level being cut, and teachers leaving unexpectedly. It seems like if a test score is bad in one grade those teachers are moved to a different grade. This cycle keeps continuing from year to year without any solid improvement in the scores. I am not sure where the heart of the problem lies with leadership. Is it the executive director? The board of directors? The principal? Your guess is as good as mine. I do know I will not let my little ones education suffer while they try to band aid a problem versus amputate the cancer, wherever it is in the building.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2014
Love the personalized education my child gets and the focus on Arts, Sciences and music. Really have enjoyed our time here and believe my children are getting a high quality education

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2014
This school is an absolute joke. I honestly don't know how it's still open. The administration shows so little respect and appreciation for so many teachers who give all of themselves for their students. Parents are pulling their kids out in droves and the "leaders" are either clueless or simply don't care. The only good thing about this school was a few amazing teachers, which have left to find teaching positions where they are actually valued and encouraged. I am so glad to be done with this school. I can only hope my kids haven't been too negatively affected academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2014
My family has been at CVA from the beginning and it has been the best choice for us. What separates this school from others is the staff, they truly care about the kids and how they can best meet each of their needs. The middle school is continually getting better and we are excited for the new teachers that will start this fall. The last two MS teachers were great and raised the bar, and we trust the administration to make it even higher with the choices they have made to make sure all of them are certified in their subject area. Unfortunately, laws are making it so schools have to be very concerned about their TCAP scores, but how else are they going to be held accountable? CVA is no different, they care about the scores but they care more about the individual student showing growth, which doesn't always show up on a cookie cutter, state test. From what I have seen over the last 9 years is the kids leave well prepared for high school and many, from talking to their parents are taking honor classes and even graduating early with college credits under their belt! I want my own kids to have that advantage also, that's why we are at CVA.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2014
We have been here since the school was founded. My child just graduated 8th grade. We have seen the quality decline each year. Mostly because the school is run by an executive director instead of qualified educators. All they seem to care about is average TCAP scores to keep the charter. No one on the board or administration seems focused on teaching to the individual children's need. They also just pushed out some of the best teachers they have had at the end of the year and replaced them with less qualified younger teachers. It all seems very political instead of focused on the kids. They changed the entire middle school schedule in the middle of the 3rd quarter this past year as well. I am pulling my other child out to go to a school with better success and focus on the kids instead of position.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
I love the personal feeling I get when I talk to the teachers. I love the convenience of the school and the country feeling I get when I see the land around the school. I also like that the school is located 3 min. from my home. I think the school could improve by adding some additional parking spaces along the drive way for pick up. I also think the front office staff could use a friendlier smiling face. the principal is pretty good. I really dislike the middle school teachers! but LOVE the elementary teachers!!! I'm just glad my child is in the lower grades there.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2010
My child loves this school and as parents, we second that! This school continues to provide a high level of education with the core knowledge sequence and incredible arts and music program. They also have required spanish and technology classes. We left our district school because we couldn't find a principle willing to provide accelerated curriculum for our child and this school does an excellent job of providing independent learning plans for EVERY child. They also provide an ethics philosophy with their character traits every month. There is a ZERO tolerance for bullying or meanness of any kind. We are so lucky to have found this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2010
Sadly after having our kids in this school since it's first year, this year will be their last. Between the elementary and secondary school they will now of had 5 and likely 6 Principals. While the other 2 Elementary Principals were very involved with the school (with the 1st being the one who helped start the school, and knew every kid, parent and teacher), the current one neither my wife nor I have ever meet or seen. The secondary school Principal quit half way through this school year. From our dealing with him, he was very dedicated and this seems very odd. The schools are run by an 'Executive Director' whom has a financial background, not an educational one. And it shows! The secondary school is nothing but trailers, there is no cafeteria in either school. Shame, for they have highly dedicated and skilled teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Carbon Valley Academy has a high academic and social standards which will assist our children at school and in their everyday life. The principle, teachers and administration staff provide a positive setting for the children both in school and out. They are open to suggestions, new ideas and making the school the best it can be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I like the idea of wearing uniforms. I like the smaller class sizes; the fact that they believe and enfore disipline. I think it is a great idea that parents are required to volunteer.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
high academic standards, a structured learning environment, a passionate teaching staff, effective school leadership, and a positive school culture

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
The teachers take pride in the school as well as the well being of the students. The structure is aimed at helping the students suceed not only in academics but in life as well, teaching them respect, honor and pride to name a few.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2009
My son attended Carbon Valley this past 2008-2009 school year. He will not be attending 2009-2010 year because CVA is really not that much different from the other schools in our area. On the positive, CVA has very caring teachers and they do truly care about their students. CVA is very in touch with their student s families and will offer support if needed. The things we did not like about the school are the following: No Transportation No affordable hot lunch program No specials No Library The school needs some upgrades, looks ran down. Also, just about every week the teachers are asking parents for money or certain materials they need to do a project with the students. Don t get me wrong, I m all about supporting our school. It is just obsessive and with today s economy I think it should be streamlined. Really, when you start making Charter Schools opened to the public (no tuition) it s just another public school.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2009
Although a very caring school by dedicated teachers, this school is now run by a self-proclaimed CEO with NO educational background or even a high school diploma. Teachers are now required to report to him when they have spent years educating themselves so that they may in turn educate our children. Unfortunately, not that the school is now run by a corporate money hungry individual that pays himself a higher salary then any district superintendant, that in turn takes away any extra funding that the children might have gotten towards making this a better school. Lacks a library, specials, upgrades and more because the board of directors is controlled by this individual. Teachers are now faced with making hard decisions about finding new employment which, without these wonderful teachers, CVA will not exist. The CEO doesn't care about them, only about his pocketbook,

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2007
This is our second year at this school and I've seen much improvement from last year. I've seen nothing but a caring staff for my child. Everybody is always will to lend a hand. My daughter is reading in Kindergarten on a second grade level. I couldn t have gotten this at the regular public school.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2007
Hard to believe this school has only been open for 2 years. The level of commitment shown by staff and parents is awesome.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
This is a great school with a fantastic administration staff and group of teachers. I've got 3 children in in different gradelevels at this school and have seen nothing but enthusiasm out of them, they've all improved educationally over the past two years and I have a tremendous amount of faith in the teachers who are good with communicating and address my concerns in a timely manner. I'll also just say that even though a select few have exhaustively expressed their dislike of the principle and/or a few of the staff.. I've never once had an issue and have seen only that the school is well run and very well organized. I would highly recommend this school and the Core Knowledge curriculum taught.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2007
This school uses core knowledge and has an excellent curriculum. There are a lot of busy body parents that try to run the school - too many want to be leaders. If they would just back off a little things at this school would get better. I think this school is going to be a lot better this year since some of those parents dis-enrolled their children due to admin/parent conflicts. This is a great school of choice.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
After much patience & pleading - we pulled all of our children from this 'school'. Too much politics, too many bullies, too much disrespect for parents. The board & Mr. Auer make it clear: parents are not welcome in the school or at board meetings. Parents that seek a quality education & involvement in their child's school, need not apply. I can't stress enough: beware.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2006
This charter school, though only a couple years after it's inception, is a very good school focused on academics and the children's safety. The parents and faculty are very involved and friendly as well as supportive to new ideas.

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Carbon Valley Academy
4040 Coriolis Way, Frederick, CO  80530
(303) 774-9555
Last modified Carbon Valley Academy is a Charter school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Carbon Valley Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top